Metroblogging the DIA: The Detroit Connection

In follow up to Scotter’s observation as museums as “no spaces” there were some new items that caught my particular attention for their local Detroit connection. The first item is the oldest item in the DIA in the Americas gallery. The “bird stone,” made of banded slate found on the beaches of the Great Lakes, was discovered in Detroit and believed to be made by natives over 3000 years ago. The second Detroit connection was found in a photograph, from early last century, capturing a Detroit drugstore lunch counter. This image was originally published in France in a book entitled “The Americans.” There is always the Diego Rivera museum just beyond the Great Hall which reminds us of the importance of the local art experience. While this museum is a no space, special care has been taken to include items of local interest. Let us know if you discover any more Detroit connections in the DIA.

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